PLAINFIELD — Plainfield schools have closed Thursday, Dec. 17, following an online threat overnight. Police say that same threat may have moved to Danville schools, also prompting that corporation to cancel classes for the day.
The FBI is assisting local police in the investigation.
“We’re just flat out not going to put up with it,” Danville Police Chief William Wright said at a news conference Thursday morning. “We’re not going to deal with it. We’re going to put them in jail.”
Police say the social media threats against Danville are connected to the ones against Plainfield and the suspects could face several charges related to intimidation, as well as other charges.
Police say they are continuing to investigate then new threat and they will catch the culprit.
“This is a new age for us… it just blew up,” Wright said of backtracking online threats to the source.
The Plainfield school district released a statement saying:
“All Plainfield Community School Corporation schools will be closed today, Thursday, Dec. 17. A threat has been directed to the high school, and the safety and security of all students is our highest priority,
School officials have been working with the Plainfield Police Department throughout the night.
We will continue working with public safety officials, as this is an ongoing investigation.
School will resume on Jan. 4.
Repeating: The safety and security of all students is our highest priority, and the entire corporation campus will be closed today, Thursday, Dec. 17. No further statements are planned at this time.”
Several students received an online threat Wednesday evening claiming an attack against the school.
Officials with the police department said they are investigating the threat, but could not provide any further info.
Thursday was scheduled to be the last day of school before winter break.
Danville schools released this statement:
“Due to newly received threats toward the school system received overnight, Danville schools will be CLOSED Thursday, Dec. 17 for students and all staff. School will resume in January.”
The new threat is unrelated to one toward Danville schools late Wednesday, which police say involved a rumor that a student would bring a gun to class.
Administrators worked with detectives all night Wednesday to try to get the bottom of the report. They arrested two students for their involvement in the first threat — a freshman and a senior.